“After a while, this Yoga gives us control over ourselves. It helps cut through those feelings of not knowing who you really are.”
- Pat, Y.O.G.A. for Youth
Our young people today are fearlessly and enthusiastically seeking alternative solutions to their concerns through yoga. The above comment is an example of their willingness to try something new and is outside of the options that are typically available to them.
So why are we seeing a rash of news...
Just before dusk on a drive through Los Angeles a fierce amber sun hung in the skies that had become overcast with soot and ash. All around us was a dry and thick aroma of settled embers that lay across the cities north and south of us. We drove towards it as it moved into the sea and each of us let out a gasp of reverence. (more…)
Sometimes it takes courage to laugh, to set aside our judgements, and doubts and to just allow ourselves to experience the humor in our lives.
According to Dr. Madan Kataria
in Bombay, he has been able to merge the benefits of yoga and laughter into one practice. In an article by Alex Perry,
Dr. Kataria was observed in central Bombay at sports area with a group of...
The way I learned it, "maya
" was the veil of illusions that keep us from the Real. "Real
" meaning the knowledge that all is divine and therefore we are divine and because all the "stuff" of the physical, material world, like our houses, our relationships and even our dreams fluctuate, we become distracted away from this deeper knowing.
has many more dimensions. In a sense, we need maya
to function and...
Since I had to return home before completing a full 10 days of Anusara thought I'd just complete my comments with some follow-up notes -- about one of my favorite puzzles in yoga practice- the male authority body (as renown teacher "expert") instructing female student bodies. (more…)
That's what the yoga instructor said as he called my name in class, "puff your kidneys!" I am still capable of quipping back in a New York minute - "say WHAT?"
Developing a heightened sense of where your kishkas
are may come after many years of yoga practice and study, but that instruction had me puzzled for the rest of the class. It's not the first time I've heard it in an...
A yoga class can be a place where students, especially female students, may experience issues around authority, self-authority, and their bodies. Certainly I have, when stepping into a class and placing myself onto my yoga mat in front of a yoga teacher I do not know, whom, I hope, will know how to work with my limitations. (more…)